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Manny Pacquiao Steps Aside From Horn Rematch, Possible New Opponent Found

Despite getting the short end of the stick according to many, Manny Pacquiao won’t be going after Jeff Horn and his WBO World welterweight championship.

‘Pacman’ fought Horn to the distance and lost via unanimous decision in July. The loss divided the boxing crowd a bit since many scored the bout in favour of Pacquiao.

The Philippino boxer had plans to fight Horn again this year in an anticipated rematch but he has now dropped out.

In an interview with Fox Sports Australia, Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton explains the situation.

“We have had offers to fight in the Philippines but there are concerns over whether we would get paid and we have an agreement to fight here. If it does not happen we will move on. Manny has plenty of advisers. One minute it is on the next it is off. We had locked it in for Suncorp on November 12.,’’ Rushton told according to Worldboxingnews.net.

The 38-year old former world champion will most likely fight in 2018 but in the meantime, Horn needs a new opponent.

“Because Jeff is world champion he has plenty of offers. But we want big fights. We are not interested in taking easy fights. That is not what we are about,” said the trainer.

He also revealed a very potential challenger for Horn’s WBO belt.

“Jesse Vargus is a fight which could interest us if he was available. He is a former world champion who has fought Pacquiao. He has never been stopped. He lost narrowly to Tim Bradley. He is certainly on our radar,” revealed Rushton.

Vargas (27-2) fought Pacquiao but lost via unanimous decision back in 2016. The American hasn’t fought since. A fight against Horn would give Vargas a decent opportunity to get his old belt back. READ MORE:

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